What Mainstream Media Isn’t Telling You About The Gaza Invasion
First of all, context matters in the Gaza invasion. Before the three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed on June 12th, five Palestinian children had been killed by IDF forces in 2014 alone. However, unlike the three Israeli teenagers, their deaths did not generate international outrage or a global campaign, although it did add significantly to Gaza residents’ increasing frustration with the Israeli occupation.
The mainstream media also does a really good job of making this conflict seem like a war between two equal sides. Yet in reality it’s a true David vs. Goliath confrontation between Israeli’s mighty and technologically advanced western-backed military, and Palestinian protesters and fighters equipped mostly with rocks and a small amount of highly unreliable homemade rockets.
If the conflict is supposed to be merely “tit for tat” retaliation, the numbers simply do not compare. Since 2009, IDF forces have killed over 600 Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank. The number of Israeli’s killed by Palestinians in that same time frame? Just over 40.
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